Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Future Cinema; Bugsy Malone

On Friday I took a trip back to 1920's New York.

I should probably explain. Future Cinema put on nights that take cinema to a whole new level. I first heard about Future Cinema's Secret Cinema about 2 years ago. The idea? You buy your ticket, but you don't know what the film will be. Secret Cinema post on facebook and twitter with clues in the months leading up to the day. About a month before you're told the dress code (my first secret cinema experience was Bladerunner, the dress code; futuristic 40s) and which tube station you will meet at to be taken to a secret location. I got so excited at the tube station seeing everyone dressed up! From then on the experience is almost indescribable. you are taken to a place from the film, (for Bugsy Malone it's fat sam's grand slam, at Bladerunner it was that chinatown-esque slum Harrison Ford lives in) actors will approach you in character and interact with you, I was offered an audition for Fat Sam's and have been interview to see if I was a replicant. 

There's a bar and food, all fitting in with the film. This is the menu from Bugsy Malone, the name of the restaurant is the restaurant in the film. 

The details they put in are amazing. Everything from having to hand a book through a little window to get in to the lamps on the tables at Fat Sam's look just like the ones in the film.

Bugsy Malone wasn't actually a Secret Cinema, it was a secret back in 2009 and was so popular they brought it back. I love Bugsy Malone so I was thrilled to get a chance to go, having seen the pictures from it.

Before the film there were acts on stage some from the film, like Tallulah, others were just in the style of the film.

After all this, you sit down and watch the film. And at Bugsy, when the on-screen cream pie fight was about to begin, we were handed waterproof ponchos and cream pies...

After I fell over a table after being cream pie'd in the back of the head, everyone ran up on stage and sang along and danced, just like in the film. Afterwards there's dancing.

At £27 a ticket it isn't cheap, but it really is worth every penny, you'll be talking about it for months. If you do go, I recommend you just go with things. As we were queuing to get into the venue, a woman started shouting in new york accent that she knew a secret entrance but we had to run before the cops saw. No one else in the queue would follow her, but we just started running.

I can't not mention how good the actors are, staying character and improvising on the spot. 

Have you ever been to a future cinema or secret cinema? What was your experience?

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